Industry leader David Linsmayer joins Avison Young in San Francisco

Office leasing specialist joins as Principal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Nick Slonek, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's San Francisco office, announced today that veteran commercial real estate broker David Linsmayer has joined Avison Young's brokerage operations in San Francisco.

Effective immediately, Linsmayer joins Avison Young as a Principal. He will focus on brokerage services, including the representation of corporate tenants, investors and landlords, as well as capital markets and advisory services transactions in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the expanding Avison Young platform.

"We are pleased to have David Linsmayer join our growing operation in San Francisco," comments Slonek. "The addition of David to the downtown San Francisco office further emphasizes Avison Young's commitment to attracting top-tier talent to the company's already strong ranks. David's skill sets and overall sound fundamentals are widely appreciated ― not only among his clients, but also his peers. His dedication to client service will produce huge dividends for us culturally and financially. Similar quality individuals will join us as a result of this strong hire."

Linsmayer brings 22 years of real estate industry experience to Avison Young in the areas of office, industrial and retail leasing, commercial property valuation and appraisal. He has represented a wide variety of clients in the fields of finance, insurance, technology, professional services, biotech, law, education, environmental, and non-profit. During the last 15 years, Linsmayer has negotiated 2,000-plus leases on behalf of his clients representing more than 6.5 million square feet throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and United States. Linsmayer's clients include Pfizer, CNN, Time Warner, the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton, Medivation, The Carlyle Group, Charles Schwab & Company, Celgene, Environmental Defense Fund, Cantor Fitzgerald, ZoomSystems, Almac Clinical, and JP Morgan.

From 2008 to 2013, Linsmayer was as a Senior Vice-President with Jones Lang LaSalle in San Francisco. Before then, he served as a Vice-President and original member of the San Francisco office of The Staubach Company (1999 to 2008). During his tenure at Staubach and JLL, Linsmayer was a nine-time "Top Achiever", and CoStar Power Broker in 2009 and 2011.

"I am excited to be joining Avison Young and look forward to contributing to the growth of the company on a local, national and international basis," states Linsmayer. "The team in San Francisco is very familiar to me as I've known the members for many years. Avison Young's Principal-owned platform and market-leading, client-focused philosophy will serve both our customers and team members well. I look forward to continuing my career at Avison Young and building on the company's momentum and successes."

Linsmayer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed California real estate broker. In addition, he has completed a number of real estate-related courses in the areas of leasing, finance, mortgage lending, property valuation, and property management as part of his professional training.

Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned, principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North America. Comprising more than 1,100 real estate professionals in 43 offices across Canada and the U.S., the full-service commercial real estate company provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-residential properties.

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For further information/comment/photos:

Sherry Quan, National Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: (604) 647-5098; cell: (604) 726-0959

Nick P. Slonek, Principal and Managing Director, San Francisco, Avison Young: (415) 322-5051

David Linsmayer, Principal, Avison Young: (415) 322-5061

Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028

Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: (312) 957-7610

Avison Young is a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program for 2011, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business

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